SurePayroll Inc., a leader in providing online payroll to small businesses nationwide, today announced results for the August 2013 SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard® showing optimism remaining at 72 percent, up from a year-over-year low of 45 percent in September 2012. Month-over-month hiring was down 0.2 percent in August and the average paycheck was up 0.2 percent. Results from the Scorecard survey indicate that nearly one in five small business owners are more likely to hire an independent contractor today than a full-time employee. While 40 percent still would prefer a full-time employee, 38 percent are not looking to hire at all. “It’s a fairly dramatic change in the small business mindset we’re seeing,” said SurePayroll CEO and President Michael Alter. “Ten years ago, if you had told me almost one in five small business owners were more likely to hire a contractor than a full-time employee, I would have been shocked. However, now it’s become much more common.” Of those more likely to hire independent contractors, 75 percent said it was because they simply don’t need a full-time person to fulfill specialized roles in areas such as marketing, information technology or administrative work. Thirty-six percent also said hiring independent contractors reduces the tax and benefits costs. “My concern is this is a further indicator of our jobless recovery, as small business owners are less likely than they have been in the past to hire for the long term,” Alter said. “It doesn’t bode well for stability and growth in the workplace.” Year over year, nationwide hiring is down 1.8 percent and paychecks are up 0.3 percent, indicating slightly higher pay or more hours for existing workers. Year over year, the South is the only region where hiring is up at 1.2 percent and paychecks there are up 1.0 percent. The West shows a hiring decline of 3.0 percent, with paychecks down 0.6 percent. Hiring in the Midwest is down 3.2 percent and paychecks are positive, up 3.0 percent. In the Northeast, hiring is down 4.1 percent and paychecks are down 1.9 percent.
As the first economic indicator created by a payroll company, the SurePayroll Scorecard has provided a monthly look at national hiring and paycheck trends since September 2004. SurePayroll's Scorecard compiles data from small businesses nationwide, and exclusively reflects the trends affecting the nation's "micro businesses" — those with an average of eight employees.The full SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard infographic includes data for the top 35 MSAs. The August 2013 Scorecard is available now on the SurePayroll blog. About SurePayroll SurePayroll is the trusted provider of easy online payroll services to small businesses nationwide. Whether a business has 1, 10, or 100 employees, SurePayroll delivers peace of mind by combining innovative, industry-leading technology and personalized support from an award-winning, U.S.-based customer care team. SurePayroll also provides private-label and co-branded services for accountants and banking partners as well as offering efficient online solutions for managing 401(k) plans, health insurance, workers' compensation, employee screening and more. SurePayroll is a wholly owned subsidiary of Paychex. For more information, please visit www.SurePayroll.com. Follow us on Twitter – Circle us on Google+ – Connect with us on LinkedIn – Like us on Facebook. About Paychex Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) is a leading provider of payroll, human resource, insurance, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses. The company offers comprehensive payroll services, including payroll processing, payroll tax administration, and employee pay services, including direct deposit, check signing, and Readychex®. Human resource services include 401(k) plan recordkeeping, section 125 plans, a professional employer organization, time and attendance solutions, and other administrative services for business. A variety of business insurance products, including group health and workers' compensation, are made available through Paychex Insurance Agency, Inc. Paychex was founded in 1971. With headquarters in Rochester, New York, the company has more than 100 offices serving approximately 570,000 payroll clients as of May 31, 2013. For more information about Paychex and our products, visit www.paychex.com.